This trip we stayed at the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport both the night we arrived from Las Vegas and the night prior to departing for Hong Kong. Transit from Terminals 2 and 3 via red buses was fast, easy and economical both directions with a bus stop almost right outside the hotel. We had a meal at the hotel restaurant the night we arrived which was fine and full breakfast both mornings which was also great especially in comparison to some of the country hotels in the USA.
Our return flight from Honolulu to Sydney was on a Qantas 747 and we had seats on the upper deck again. This is a daytime flight leaving Honolulu in the morning and arriving in Sydney the following afternoon. The aircraft next to ours at the gate in Honolulu was a Korean 747-800 a model which is not a common sight!
Inflight service was great all we had to do on arrival back in Sydney was make it to our hotel and sleep!
We booked a Spacious Hotel/Apartment in Downtown Honolulu with Parking for 5 nights. We liked the location and found it suited us better than Waikiki. There is a good range of restaurants and stores close by. The apartment we booked via airBNB is on a high level and well appointed. The kitchen was a little greasy on some surfaces and plugin deodorisers were overpowering but once we unplugged these and stored them in a cupboard the odor dissipated.
This apartment was a good choice for our needs in Honolulu.
Maui - Kahului, HI (OGG) to Oahu - Honolulu, HI (HNL) • Flight HA 265 • First • 717
Depart 1:07p Arrival 1:50p (TERMINAL 1) Duration 43m
As with our flight down to Maui from Honolulu the aircraft was a Boeing 717. this is a short flight. Kahului airport although small has shops and a food court, we gave the Hawaiian lounge a miss.
It appeared our departure may have interrupted someones game of golf.
We had booked Hawaiian Airlines HA 276 to connect down to Maui following our arrival into Honolulu on Qantas. flight details Oahu - Honolulu, HI (HNL) to Maui - Kahului, HI (OGG) • Flight HA 276 • First • 717
Depart 11:54a (TERMINAL 1) Arrival 12:39p Duration 45m
Hawaiian like Qantas are one of the very few carriers using the Boeing 717 which is an old aircraft design but is a well proven aircraft with a great safety record.
When Qantas scheduled Boeing 747 on this route replacing the Airbus 330 service they offered some great fares and we brought return tickets in business for a good price. We were able to secure seating upstairs again for both flights.
We have actually flown this same flight previously, last time in economy. This trip we were in business class upstairs on the Boeing 747 experiencing British airways unique front to back seating. Pre flight the lounge was the same as last time. Previously flying economy we had lounge access via Priority Pass this time due to being in business class. The seat is very different if anything it does not feel as wide as the Qantas Skybeds but there is plenty of legroom.
After Page we headed over to St George for our last night in the US for this trip. On the way we routed via Zion National Park, just the drive through is an experience. we were a little pressed for time and by the time we arrived in Zion parking was at a premium and difficult to find but returning to Zion with more time is on the to do list. On arrival in St George we had time to stop off at the factory outlets before heading to the Best Western Coral Hills.
We spent 2 nights at the Best Western Lake Powell in Page Arizona. On the first night some very noisy, possibly very drunk, Asians decided to congreate in the spa/pool outside our room window late in the evening and were making a lot of inconsiderate noise disturbing others. I called reception who advised they were heading out there now and soon after the noise stopped! The hotel is in a good location walking distance to restaurants and bars. We went to a terrific restaurant named Bonkers, the food was sensational, worth the wait for a table.
From Bryce Canyon we headed south again across into Arizona and the Grand Canyon south rim to stay for the night at Yavapai Lodge. We actually wanted to stay at the north rim village but were a month early as the north rim closes for winter.